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By Inna Kochetkova

Russia is likely one of the few nations on the planet the place intellectuals existed as a social staff and shared a distinct social identification. This ebook specializes in some of the most vital and influential teams of Russian intellectuals - the Sixties iteration of shestidesyatniki - usually thought of the final embodiment of the classical culture of the intelligentsia. They committed their lives to protecting 'socialism with a human face', authored Perestroika, and have been accordingly demonised whilst the reforms failed. It investigates how those intellectuals have been suffering from the transition to the recent post-Soviet Russia, and the way they spoke back to the feedback.

Unlike different experiences in this topic, which view the Russian intelligentsia as easily an objectively current team, this ebook portrays the intelligentsia as a cultural tale or delusion, revealing that the intelligentsia's lifestyles is a functionality of the intellectuals' skills to build ethical arguments. Drawing from vast unique empirical learn, together with life-story interviews with the Russian intellectuals, it exhibits how the shestidesyatniki creatively mobilised the parable as they tried to fix their broken public image.

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